Pushing your vehicle to the limit.
If you have to leave your home during an emergency and you are leaving in a hurry, you may be pushing your escape vehicle to its limits or beyond. And there is a price to pay: your vehicle could break down on you and leave you stuck right were you’re at.
Here is an example: I was coming home on the freeway and saw a ½ ton pick-up towing a tandem axle trailer over loaded with pallets and the bed of the truck was over loaded with pallets as well, the truck broke down on the side of the road with a broken axle, the axle shaft and housing were broken, the rear wheel was tilted up, that truck was going nowhere, it was a catastrophic failure. Lesson here: know what limits your vehicle can tow and haul (read the owner’s manual).
Ambient Temperature is another consideration, as I write this article soon where I live it will be normally 100 degrees outside (and it will get hotter 110+ is not uncommon during the summer). This will affect the running of your vehicle (overheating). If you are leaving during the heat of the day, and not moving very fast (Stuck in Traffic, Forest Roads, Trails, make your own trail) the lack of air flow will affect how well your radiator cools your engine (2 times a year I clean out the fins/coils on the radiators, ac condensers, oil coolers, etc., on all our vehicles).
So when you load down your vehicle (with everything you can) trying to escape you are going to cause it to run hotter and you may experience a major breakdown from a number of components: suspension, drivetrain, engine, frame, body, etc. Most vehicles can tow more than they can haul, perhaps a small trailer to put your possessions in would be a great help but it will still cause a load condition on your vehicle.
So what can you do to help reduce a breakdown when you need your escape vehicle the most?
So don’t get stuck because of a catastrophic breakdown while trying to “get out”. Get to know your vehicle and it’s limits.